Gary Neville: What I learned about Liverpool midfielder when I coached him
The former Manchester United defender hails Liverpool vice-captain James Milner's as a reliable and trustworthy player
Gary Neville has revealed that he came to full appreciate James Milner’s reliability when the Manchester United legend worked with the Liverpool midfielder during his spell as an England coach.
The former Manchester City player broke the deadlock in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon as the 31-year-old dispatched his sixth spot-kick of the 2016-17 season.
Milner has netted six times and has made two assists in 19 appearances in the Premier League this season despite being asked to play out of position at left-back in the current campaign.
The versatile midfielder moved to Liverpool in a free transfer from their title rivals Manchester City in a free transfer in 2015 in the hope of securing a regular spot in central midfield.
However, Milner has established himself as one of the leading full-backs in the Premier League after Klopp asked the two-time Premier League winner to fill in for struggling Alberto Moreno.
Speaking to Sky Sports after Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, the Manchester United legend was asked to describe Milner. Neville said:
“Reliability and trust. Someone you know is going to train every day. Someone you know is going to do the right things, live the right way and set the right example to the younger players.
“Having worked with him for four years with England, he is reliable. He moved to Manchester to Liverpool to be a midfield player. Unfortunately James forgets that! He is always going to be someone who fills in where the team wants because he can do.”